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Name Dahyabhai Puroshottamdas Patel
Address Dist:Sabarkantha
District Sabarkantha
Title Cumin Blight
Details Generally, Blight in cumin occurs at the flowering or grain setting stage. The grain becomes black and a black powder is seen on the ear head. Blight is locally called `charmi' or `kaliyo'. Farmers believe that the chances of occurrence of disease are high if there is frost and also a cloudy weather. If any preventive measures are not taken to control or prevent this infection, more than 75 per cent of the crop is lost. To prevent the attack, farmers spray 20 to 25 litres of kerosene per acre if they feel there is the slightest chance of the disease occurring. They believe that kerosene helps plants to protect against frost. Care is taken to ensure that the nozzle used for spraying has very small holes to obtain a fine spray. This increases the efficiency of the treatment. Most cumin growing farmers in this area use this practice, which they believe might have been introduced earlier from North Gujarat - a major cumin growing region.
Volume No. Honey Bee,5(2):16,1994
Sout Sabirali V Masi
Call Number 275/5203